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Disable system bell by default if sound card is installed

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One of the first things I do after installing openSUSE is disabling the system bell by adding this to ~/.inputrc:

set bell-style none

Its volume is needlessly high. The bell scares the hell outta me whenever it creeps up because I backspaced too much on the command line.

My suggestion: disable the system bell by default, unless no sound card is installed.

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It's a simple fix for something that has been bugging me forever.


icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (5 years ago)

Completely agree.

Too many times I have used my openSUSE laptop at college or other public places and during the middle of a class my computer would spew forth a series of extremely loud beeps. Useless and extremely annoying.

icons/user_comment.png D. L. wrote: (5 years ago)

Yes, I have the same problem and would love this fix!

icons/user_comment.png G. S. wrote: (11 months ago)


In my case, it has been annoying when using TightVNC to connect to my workplace's computer at night with all sound turned off and suddenly loud beeps coming out of the PC speaker because I hit backspace once too much in MATLAB.

icons/user_comment.png h. h. wrote: (5 months ago)

i have same problem. Sometime when i using headset/earphone it make me shocked because the sound is loud

icons/user_comment.png F. M. wrote: (5 months ago)

Just because the motherboard has a sound chip doesn't mean speakers are connected, or turned on, or wanted. Practically all motherboards have sound chips any more. When something bad happens, sound is good. Otherwise, I want my puter to be quiet.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (3 months ago)

It is not worth the trouble for the distro to sway from the default, also because they easily revert (which can be a good thing as well as a curse), such as through /usr/bin/reset for vc0.

Anyone thinking of editing .inputrc can just pull the thing from the mainboard - I can assure you that you won't miss it.
And for laptops, well, that has been tunable from keyboard or even software for *well over 15 years*, so just disable it in the mixer.

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